Arts

 “Gemini” is writer/director Aaron Katz’s cool, seductive L.A. noir with a queer twist. 

In this nifty film, which opens April 6 at the Ritz Bourse in Philadelphia and at the AMC in Voorhees, N.J., Jill (Lola Kirke), a personal assistant to in-demand actress Heather (Zoë Kravitz), becomes the suspect in a murder. But “Gemini” is not really about what it’s about — meaning, the “whodunit” element of the story is really just an excuse for Katz to tease the audience while also displaying gorgeous visuals and a dry, wry sense of humor.

The fantastic French drama “The Workshop,” opening April 6 at the Ritz at the Bourse, is cowritten by out gay writer Robin Campillo, a longtime collaborator of director/cowriter Laurent Cantet. Their film depicts the intense relationship that develops between mystery writer Olivia Déjazet (Marina Foïs) and Antoine (Matthieu Lucci), a student in her summer workshop. Antoine’s radical ideas — as well as his candid remarks and actions — cause friction in and outside the workshop. But this mysterious young man is also quite alluring to Olivia.

Campillo, who made the staggering ACT-UP drama “BPM” last year, chatted via WhatsApp with the Philadelphia Gay News about his new film.

Smoky crooner-arranger Shannon Turner and her pianist-accompanist Lili St. Queer are the saucy-yet-tender “Glitter and Garbage” cabaret show at L’Etage — a shimmering program that seamlessly blends Broadway standards with punk eclecticism as part of their sonic reach, with additional guest drag and burlesque moments.

“I’m an entertainer,” said Turner. “I can carry a tune. I’m able to connect with audiences. I try to make them laugh, to make them feel, and to speak truth.”

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus is partnering with the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus of Ohio to perform “Two Boys Kissing,” based on out gay writer David Levithan’s eponymous novel, in the afternoon and evening of March 24 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion. Levithan, a New York Times bestselling author, is expected to attend the evening performance.

 No film festival is complete without film shorts. Film-festival attendees are particularly fond of shorts programs, not just for the entertainment variety, but also because filmmakers worldwide invariably begin their careers with a short, thus providing unique opportunities for new ideas, techniques, writing, cinematography and style.

As one of the shorts programmers for qFLIX this year, my task was to find a group of films that represented the entire LGBTQ community (via the director and/or performers) that filled the allotted time, were reasonably varied enough in content and, of course, provided entertainment. Add in some documentary or educational values, blend with perspectives from around the world, and then wrap it all up with a single word that describes the overall theme.

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